“The Church is not a place we go to, but a family we belong to.”
Family ministry at Our Lady of Joy seeks to create a supportive environment for families with children to grow in faith and fellowship, build up Catholic culture, and find in the church a second home.
By starting small and building up “organically”, we hope to meet the real needs of families and allow friendships to form.
Child-friendly rosary before the 4pm Mass in the Faith Formation building.
No experience or knowledge required! All ages welcome! There is something for everyone: a play area for the very young; something to do for those who are ready to “part play/part pray”; and of course the actual praying of the rosary for those who can fully engage. Begins at 3:20pm. We take a break during the month of July.
Monthly Gatherings every First Wednesday beginning September 4th
Our Wednesday evening Religious education night is the perfect time to “change it up” once a month to allow participation of more families. From 5:00-6:30PM there will be a fun filled night for the whole family followed by dinner!
- Helpful topics and discussion for Parents in the Church
- Activity for children not attending RE
- Child-care available for toddlers (contact us in advance to ensure space)
- Confession Available
- All ages family friendly Eucharistic Adoration
- Dinner Provided!!
Note: We are in need of volunteers who are safe-environment trained to help in various ways with these gatherings.
Occasional social and other events throughout the year, usually on a Friday evening.
It’s important to have church-sponsored events where the whole family can participate. Families in today’s world need the support of knowing other families who are trying to live out their Catholic faith. Children need to feel included rather than excluded from church-related activities so they will come to find in their parish church “a second home”. These gatherings usually involve pot luck style dinners with various other activities for the whole family.
Family consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Family ministry is sponsoring a family Marian consecration based on St. Louis de Monfort’s book True Devotion to Mary. “Consecrating” your family means to intentionally invite Our Blessed Mother to be spiritual Mother to your family, which brings so many blessings and graces. Bishop Olmsted will be at OLOJ on Saturday, September 7th at the 5pm Mass to witness the consecrations of the families who have participated. Sign up (side bar on the right) to receive information and let us know you are participating. Here are some books available to help your family prepare, that can also be purchased at Our Lady of Joy Alegria Gift Shop:
- Consecration to Mary for Little Ones by Kimberly Fries (for children Grade 3 and below)
- Marian Consecration for Children by Carried Gress (suitable for children Grade 4 and up)